A photo of Chef Carmine's cuisine at the restaurant

Pope in Egypt: Italian Cuisine Is Also Appreciated Along the Nile

Carmine Di Luggo, Young Neopolitan Chef Transplanted in Egypt, Entrusted With Serving the Pontiff

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Italian cuisine is also appreciated in Egypt …
At the nunciature, lunch was prepared by Carmine Di Luggo, a young Neopolitan Chef transplanted in Egypt after several other experiences abroad. He works in the Italian restaurant attached to the Ritz Carlton Hotel along the famous Nile River ….
Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Bruno Musaro, went to the restaurant to try it and decided to entrust the important task of serving the Supreme Pontiff to Carmine.

View of the Nile from the Restaurant located in Cairo’s Ritz Carlton Hotel

The lunch menu for the Pope, his papal entourage, and the Egyptian bishops after today’s Mass remained secret, but it was likely a bit more ‘sought-after,’ if you will, than the Pope’s supper served by Carmine at the nunciature last night.
Francis’ meal had consisted of chicken broth as a first plate, chicken as a second plate, along with a side of potatoes.
However, we do know the menu was all Italian, except the dessert: Carmine decided to go with an Argentinian Dulce de Leche.
At the end, Chef Carmine was able to greet Pope Francis.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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